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. this he would have loved it to know everyone cared so much about him. >> 14-year-old marcus johnson was an eighth grader. on saturday he was one of two people in the pit area who was killed by an out of control race car at marysville race way park north of sacramento. that car was driven by marcus' cousin, 17-year-old chase johnson. he is a senior at petaluma high school. patrick is marcus' coach and knows the family well. >> i can't think of a worse tragedy. he and his cousin were as close as can be. they raced at the same race way. >> racing was in marcus' blood. he was a fourth generation race car driver. the family liked to race winged sprint cars like the one seen here in a race won by his cousin, chase. marcus' classmates knew of his passion for cars early on. >> i remember being in first grade and he would bring his race cars to our school for events. it was really fun to see. >> the cause of the crash is under investigation, but the family has told others that the steering wheel came off. classmates say marcus' cousin, chase, is in their thoughts too. >> it is so sad that hi
peopl people. 14-year-old marcus johnson died after his 17-year-old cousin chase drove into the crowd on saturday. marcus friends tell abc 7 news he loved racing as well and they say he was well liked. those who know the january son family say they are very close. >> it will be very difficult for them to to peculiar up the pieces and move on. they will because they are strong people but it will be hard. >> never mean. never rude. always said nice things. talked basketball a lot. we also would talk about basketball shoes. he loved shoes a lot. >>reporter: nice kid everybody says. 68-year-old dale wonder jam of grass valley also died in this accident. crash investigators now focusing on possible faulty steering wheel. >> new at 11:00. fremont police lacking for brazen thief who stole 25,000 dollars worth of copper wire. taken from pg&e storage yard on boyce road early sunday. police say man took forklift from nearby construction site then drove through the storage yard fencing. he loaded up the fork wlivt a 5600 pound spool of copper wire. dropped it open to his pickup truck
. marcus johnson was laid to rest in a private ceremony today. a public memorial is planned for tomorrow. flags were flown at half staff and a moment of silence was observed for marcus and bill wondergen. fans filled the stands in support of the victim and the sport. >> a real close family. we love coming here and watching this. what happened last weekend was sad. i think it's great everybody is here and still racing. >> ama: the crash is still under investigation but police say mechanical failure in the racecar appears to be the likely cause. >>> new details on a fatal head-on collision that closed highway 84 in pinole two hours this morning. a man was killed when his dodge see dan ran into an suv on the highway just west of main street after 9:00. you can see the tremendous impact of the crash that left both vehicles badly mangled. three passengers in the suv were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. chp is investigating the cause of the crash. >>> for the second time this month, santa clara county paid cash for weapons. a gun buyback was held this morning in san jose. people tur
bible search for the memorial service for marcus johnson. the crowd over flowed to other areas of the church. gina johnson had the strength to say goodbye to her boy who was taken from her in an instant. >> forever we will feel the warmth of your smile, marcus, your heart felt embrace, the magic in your eyes and the gentleness of your soul. >> marcus was killed when he was hit by a sprint car driven by his cousin, chase, march 16th at the race way park. the 68-year-old race way sponsor was also killed. a fund was set up in his name. a portion will go to low income students to pay for school and athletic equipment. >>> people are lining up at the supreme court in hopes of getting a seat to witness history. arguments to the right of same-sex marriage starts on tuesday. the first involves the constitutionality of proposition 8. it banned same-sex marriage after the state's highest court ruled it was legal. california's attorney general opposes the ban. >> i am absolutely against same sex marriage because they are simply unconstitutional. >> the other case deals with the defensive
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